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President Iohannis: Inflation did not appear because someone in Romania worked badly, but because Putin’s war against Ukraine

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that inflation is “just a factor,” and he is confident that the government took and will continue to take “the necessary measures,” noting that the problem is not only a Romanian one, but a global one.

 

“Inflation is just a factor, and to start with a simple answer, I am confident that the government took and will continue to take the necessary measures,” Iohannis said, according to Agerpres.

 

He said that the ongoing inflation, economic hardships, energy prices “did not appear because someone in Romania worked badly or did not do their job”, but because of “Putin’s war against Ukraine.”

Surely, the Government of Romania can ameliorate the impact of these crises. The Government of Romania can ameliorate and help the vulnerable consumer, persons with low income. (…) However, the problem is not a Romanian one, the problem is a global one. Maybe you had the curiosity to see that in the United States of America inflation is nearing 10 percent, in European countries the inflation is just as high. These matters have to be treated. With us, they’re treated. I also had last evening a discussion with the Prime Minister, he presented the measures planned. So, we must be very realistic – the crises won’t end tomorrow and the complicated situation will continue. The Government, Parliament, politicians, generally, do their job and in many situations certain solutions are found, but it’s not the case to try and place the blame on the Government, on Parliament or the political class. Putin is to blame for starting this war against Ukraine,” Iohannis added.

According to the head of state, “for Romanians it’s very important to know that this Government, with a large majority in Parliament, is striving and has found until now good solutions, it keeps striving to find solutions to attenuate the impact of these successive crises and in order to make Romanians’ lives better.”

“I believe it’s a hard trial that we’re going through and that’s why I made the remarks I made. I believe that all people will feel it. Consider that we’re paying more for gas, for diesel, for food and it’s obvious that we must be a bit more careful with what we spend, how much we spend and how we spend. The government is working on compensation schemes, there are discussions about certain compensations to pensions, to salaries. Yet we must be aware that this war will continue to create crises, in the crisis period it’s better to think twice what to do, how to do and how to spend money. (…) And if the war ends tomorrow, the crises won’t end tomorrow, because these crises will prolong, there will be pretty complicated situations and it’s good for us to be aware of this,” Iohannis said.

 

Photo: www.presidency.ro

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